Once upon a time there was an extremely attractive presidential candidate that actually sounded like he understood both the importance of the US Constitution and the massive damage that's been done to the document by vicious Neo-Con and Corporatist Thugs, and the quivering Thug appeasers that style themselves as the Democratic Leadership.
The young heir apparent looked and sounded so good, that a lot of us were having a really hard time retaining our cynicism. I am sad to report that my Road to Damascus moment arrived on Thursday, when Obama said that he'd work hard to strip Telcom immunity from the steaming pile of dog guts called the PATRIOT Act reauthorization, that's being charcterized as a compromise by Steny, Nancy, and Harry, but if he couldn't Git 'er Dun, then he'd support the entire stinking mess in the interest of keeping us safe from the Terriss. Ain't that a Republican, or maybe a New Republican line?
Some of us ancient reactionaries were pretty pissed back in '78 when the Fear Card of the day was Organized Crime and the FISA Court was designed in a manner that made none of their decisions reviewable by a higher court. To Crazy People this sounded like a violation of the Constitution. Still does. But getting out of the Wayback Machine..........
This is the same Obama that said a couple of months back that he'd filibuster if it came up, but hey, that was weeks ago, and he's all about Change, right?
Also, last week, Obama asked Move On to fold up their 527 (which can receive unlimited donations from a single donor), and fall back on their PAC (which cannot take contributions above five grand from any individual). Move On was happy to oblige, because the bottom line is that they're a grassroots org and like to work close to the ground. You know, kind like the Obama camaign.
Move On, however is no more amused by Obama's wobbly legs and spinal decay than I, or some of my fellow travellers here on the Big Blue O, and they are out there demanding that Obama keep his damned word.
Now we are going to see if having a support base of 1.4 million small donors is going to make this guy more responsive to our concerns or not. It ain't our job to blindly ride the train while it sails off the rails into the gorge. Nope. Our job is to hold our leaders responsible, sorta like if this were a republic or something. Yeah, we get it that it's all theater, and that guys like our own Earl Blumenauer and Ron Wyden, have gotten permission to oppose this crap just like the so-called Blue Dogs have permission to support it. We're also informed in a patronizing way that we radicals need to understand that prosecution could theoretically still occur in some future Bizarro World.
The Fix is in and the Deal is done.
Doesn't make it stink any less.